Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.
Investigators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say that empathy and compassion, two traits that usually bring people closer together, oftentimes fail unexpectedly between opposing groups in a conflict. Their work proposes a series of reasons why this happens.
In a defining image of the recent English riots, a man helped an injured youngster to his feet while an accomplice stole from the same victim's bag.